Irish furniture history tastefully up-cycled by Lily Bloom Interiors
A mahogany hall stand originally purchased at Boyers & Co was tastefully up-cycled by Lily Bloom Interiors in Camolin, we'd like to share our experience with you.
This lovely mahogany hall stand was rescued from a town house in Enniscorthy that was being cleared in preparation for a top-to-bottom renovation. We were so excited to find two brass badges, one on the back and one in the drawer, that adds provenance to stand. It appears that our hall stand was originally purchased from Boyers & Co of North Earl Street, Dublin. (Boyers closed for the last time in 2015 after over 100 years trading).
The mahogany structure was in fairly good condition, however, on the down side there was a leaded light panel, that was unfortunately damaged, the coat hooks were badly rusted and the metal umbrella trays in the bottom had been thrown out and covered with builders rubble in the large skip outside, which is where this stand heading for! Regardless of this, we were confident that we could save the hall stand and return it to its proper function, albeit with the latest trends.
The first thing we did was to carefully remove the leaded light panel, you will see on the picture above that the beautiful ruby coloured glass is damaged. We have tried to repair it but we need a little bit more practice to get it looking right, perhaps someday we will put this back in-situ. All of the the coat hooks were removed and cleaned with a wire brush. We were lucky that all of the original screws came out without any damage. To restore the hooks and the screws we spray painted them with two-pack car paint and set them aside while we got to work on the main body.
All of the wood was in reasonably good order considering the age of the hall stand, we did not need to do any major repairs. As with all of our up cycling projects and commissions, we take our preparation very seriously. The whole piece was cleaned in a diluted solution of Autentico OmniClean, then washed down with clean water. Autentico OmniClean is a powerful cleaning solution (stronger than regular Sugar Soap) that removes all grease and dirt that has built up over the years.
The next stage is to lightly sand the surface with a medium grade sand paper. This is an important step in any up-cycling project as it makes a 'key' - a slightly abrasive surface that really helps the paint to bind to the wood. Once sanding is complete, we once again washed the stand down with an OmniClean solution and rinsed with clean water.
The final stage in the preparation phase was to cover the whole surface with Autentico Primer. There are several Primers on the market, the Autentico brand is a water based primer, especially developed to work seamlessly with Autentico paint. Like all good primers the Autentico Primer is quite thick and can be stubborn to work into the fine details on a project like our hall stand, so we find that adding a tiny drop of water (5 - 10% dilution) makes it flow a lot better. All of this was done in a couple of hours, and as the Autentico Primer dries quickly we were able to give it the first coat the same day.
Above are some of the products that we used and the picture on the left shows the crown removed, the mirror masked and the main body has had its first coat while there is bare primer on the front legs. Once our preparation was complete, we decided to use the colour Scandinavian Blue on our Hall Stand, and we chose the eggshell finish. Autentico Eggshell is a very tough paint once it has completely cured, yet it has a really smooth silky texture, and it is really easy to keep clean. while it is called eggshell, it is not as blingy as comparable products, the sheen factor on Autentico Eggshell is 12% - 15%.
Autentico Eggshell is Lily Bloom's best selling paint by far. Customers' who have used this tell us that they find it difficult to use any other paint afterwards. Yes, Autentico Eggshell is a chalk based paint, (the main ingredients are chalk, lime and water), there is NO BAD SMELL off it and its durability makes it particularly suitable for painting kitchens cupboards, etc. In painting our hall stand we followed these simple steps and we recommend that all customers follow these too.
(1) Brush Autentico Eggshell on in thin coats only - try and not overload your brush
(2) Allow at least 8 hours between coats. Allowing pieces to dry overnight is suggested
(3) After the final coat has dried on the surface we suggest that you take extra care when using your piece for the next few days as the ingredients in the paint remain active - forming their hard resilient properties.
Remember! Autentico Eggshell needs no further treatment after painting to make it suitable for every day use. No varnishing, No Wax. No Sealer - just a hard wearing finish that's super to look at and lovely to touch,
Our Hall Stand required two coats of Scandinavian Blue paint - after the final coat we left it over the weekend before returning to it. After this time we put back on the hooks and in the space that once housed the leaded light panel we cut and fixed some 6mm plywood in its place which we primed. Over this we put some elegant wall paper which complements wonderfully the Scandinavian Blue Paint.
We have commissioned a local metal worker to make up some new trays to catch the drips off the umbrellas, these too will be sprayed black.
At Lily Bloom Interiors we have a range of wallpapers available to order by the roll, we also have a huge range of papers in-store which we sell 'by-the-metre' for projects like this and decoupaging projects.
PRODUCTS USED IN THIS PROJECT
(OmniClean is available in store and will be listed on the website shortly)
If you would like more information on this project or are looking for information on Autentico Products that you can use for your own up-cycling project please call to our shop in Camolin, Co. Wexford or online at www.lilybloom.ie
- Dorian Marks